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noun 
  1. The Semitic languages in general.
adjective 
  1. Relating to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic w:Semitic languages, Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Assyrian (Syriac), Babylonian (Akkadian), Israeli (Hebrew), Maltese, Tigrigna, et al.
  2. Relating to the Semites: Semitic people.
  3. Relating (biblically) to descendants of w:Shem, Shem, the eldest of three w:Sons of Noah, sons of Noah.
  4. Relating (more narrowly) to the Israel, Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.
Etymology: From the English Semite, an 18th century ethnology, ethnological label derived from the Greek , SÄm, from the German semitisch, from the Hebrew Ö, ÅÄm Shem, the name of the eldest son of Noah in biblical tradition (Genesis 5.32, 6.10, 10.21), considered the forefather of the Semitic peoples. Perhaps derived from the Akkadian Åumu, name or son.


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